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July 29, 2020
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Supply Chain Complications

According to a recent survey, 66 percent of building supply retailers said supply chain disruptions were mild, while 28 percent said they were severe; 56 percent of building products manufacturers described disruptions as mild, while 27 percent described the situation as severe. In a recent webinar, building materials retailers and suppliers took stock of supply chain disruptions and potential recovery. Read More

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Window + Door is using its annual awards program to recognize stories of innovation in a time of crisis from all corners of the fenestration market during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of innovation can include, but are not limited to, suppliers working to keep the chain intact, manufacturers producing essential goods, and dealers and installers providing essential services. Companies are invited to submit entries by August 12Read More
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The Talk
Cross-border Travel is Necessary for Fenestration Industry Technicians
By Nicole Harris

The National Glass Association understands urgent times require urgent action. NGA members across the glass and fenestration supply chain are doing everything they can to safeguard their workforce, customers and their businesses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Cross-border travel restrictions instituted due to the pandemic have disrupted essential operations of our manufacturers and fabricators. The NGA urges governments to continue to recognize the essential nature of glass, glazing and fenestration, and to also recognize the cross-border travel of industry service technicians as essential.  

Our industry produces and installs building materials essential to human health, safety and security across all building types, including defense and public safety projects serving the U.S. public interest. Our products can be used to mitigate spread of infectious diseases in many built environment applications. Since the start of the pandemic, our suppliers have been relied upon to provide protections for frontline workers in healthcare environments, along with the many essential workers and customers in retail, office, government spaces and more.  

Despite this, cross-border travel of glass and fenestration industry service technicians has been interrupted. As a result, manufacturing and fabrication plant operations are being interrupted and hindered when machinery and equipment requires service technicians from the countries where the technologies originate.  

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